USDA awards advanced biofuel payments ethanol producers

By Erin Voegele | March 10, 2014

On March 6, USDA Rural Development announced nearly $60 million in payments to 195 biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established by the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill.

The program provides payments to eligible produces based on the amount of advanced biofuels produced from feedstocks other than corn kernel starch. In addition to liquid fuels, such as ethanol, biodiesel and renewable gasoline and diesel, the program also awards payments to eligible produces of biogas and pellets.

“These payments represent the Obama Administration’s commitment to support an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy and to help create jobs,” said Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien. “Producing advanced biofuels is a major component of the effort to take control of America’s energy future by developing domestic, renewable energy sources.”

Producers that received payments under this round of funding for cellulosic and drop-in biofuels include:
- GFP Ethanol LLC, $11,109, cellulosic ethanol
- Aemetis Advanced Fuel Keyes Inc., $ 1,370, cellulosic ethanol
- Kior Columbus LLC, $5,794, green gasoline

Producers that received payments under this round of funding for ethanol include:
- Pinal Energy LLC, $19,794
- Pacific Ethanol Holding Co. LLC, $75,970
- Permeate Refining LLC, $4,461
- Central Indiana Ethanol LLC, $94,065
- Arkalon Ethanol LLC, $2,387,889
- Bonanza Bioenergy LLC, $172,004
- Diamond Ethanol LLC, $170,600
- Kansas Ethanol LLC, $257,514
- Nesika Energy LLC, $53,649
- Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy LLC, $155,328
- Reeve Agri Energy Inc., $86,147
- Trenton Agri Products LLC, $8,454
- Western Plains Energy LLC, $632,470
- Abengoa Bioenergy Corp., $6,677
- Chief Ethanol Fuels Inc., $4,079
- Cornhusker Energy Lexington LLC, $957
- Nugen Energy LLC, $21,036
- White Energy Inc., $448,998

A full list of companies awarded payments under the program in March is available on the USDA website.